In-laws always seem to get a bad wrap. Specifically, the mother-in-law always seems to be an adversarial figure in just about any situation, real or fictional, you could think of. I blame plays like Once Upon A Mattress, currently running at the Runway Theatre, 217 N Dooley St. in Grapevine. In this musical farce, based loosely on The Princess and the Pea, a far-far-away-esque prince can't seem to find a princess that suits his mother until Princess Winifred shows up and manages to thwart the evil queen's attempts to run her off. Add in some singing and dancing, a jester and a mute king (of course--he would have to be incapacitated in some way to allow his wife to wreak havoc on his kingdom) and you've got an evening of great musical entertainment. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, or $12 for students and seniors. Visit runwaytheatre.com for tickets and more information.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: July 9. Continues through Aug. 1, 2010